Three days later in the nation’s capital, the expressions were quite different.
Amid all the nostalgia of the end of the SU-Georgetown rivalry in its current form, it was only the Hoyas that felt at game’s end, having held the Orange to 31.9 percent shooting (15-for-47) with a defense that resembled Georgetown’s best units of the 1980s. Of the 11 3-pointers SU attempted, it only made one.
Those 39 points were the fewest any SU team scored in a game since a 36-35 win over Kent State on Dec. 1, 1962, decades before a shot clock or 3-point line. Not since 1985 had the Orange lost to Georgetown by such a large margin. Only Carter-Williams, with 17 points, produced with any sort of consistency on this miserable day.
It left SU with the no. 5 seed for the Big East tournament in New York City, badly needing a couple of wins to regain confidence before plunging into the NCAAs next week.